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Books, bytes, and bridges : libraries and computer centers in academic institutions
Hardesty, Larry L.
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Chicago : American Library Association, 2000.
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xiii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Having a true partnership between a computer centre and an academic library is one of the most important elements in providing an effective educative service. This guide describes strategies and models for developing and maintaining a successful alliance.

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Library Journal Review

Librarians working in academic institutions in the last 20 years have developed love/hate relationships with what are now known as Information Technology (IT) departments. With the more recent emergence of ubiquitous computing, distributed networking, digital learning environments, along with a need to contain IT costs and share expertise, forward-thinking libraries and IT departments are forging alliances to plan strategically for the information future. The 35 contributors to this book include library deans, chief information officers (CIO), library science professors, reference and systems librarians, and computer science professors representing large universities, medium and small colleges, and community colleges. The 20 chapters review the history and literature of the issue; outline managerial, strategic planning, and organizational models; and present case studies of both successes and failures. Overall, the writing is clear, concise, and to the point. There is some repetition among a few chapters, but this is understandable because of the narrowly focused topic and the legion of contributors. This book is highly recommended for academic administrators, library directors, and librarians who are planning to "build bridges" between the IT department and the academic library or all those who are suddenly reporting to a CIO.--Robert Battenfeld, Long Island Univ.--Southampton Coll. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Peggy Seiden and Michael D. KathmanRobert S. Freeman and Scott B. Mandernack and John Mark TuckerTerrence F. MechRaymond K. NeffDelmus E. Williams and Onadell BlyPaul J. Setze and Kimberly A. JordanEdward D. Garten and Delmus E. WilliamsLarry HardestyEdward MeachenStephen Peterson and Bernard HeckerEugene A. EngeldingerConnie V. Dowell and Andrew W. WhiteJohn N. Olsgaard and George D. TerryRhoda K. Channing and Jay L. DominickJennifer Cargill and Ronald D. HaySue Samson and Kim Granath and Vicki PengellyRobin WagnerTheresa C. Trawick and Jeffry T. HartAdella BlainDavid W. Lewis and Georgia B. Miller
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 A History of the Rhetoric and Reality of Library and Computing Relationshipsp. 1
Chapter 2 An Issue in Search of a Metaphor: Readings on the Marriageability of Libraries and Computing Centersp. 13
Chapter 3 The Organizational and Historical Context of the Chief Information Officer's Positionp. 26
Chapter 4 Merging the Library and the Computer Center: Indications and Contraindicationsp. 38
Chapter 5 Does the Scholarly Information Center Work? Evaluating Library-Computer Center Cooperationp. 46
Chapter 6 Evolving Relationships: The Intersecting and Nonintersecting Roles of the Small College Library and Computer Centerp. 54
Chapter 7 Clashing Cultures: Cohabitation of Libraries and Computing Centers in Information Abundancep. 61
Chapter 8 Computer Center and Library Relations among Small Collegesp. 73
Chapter 9 Merged and Unmerged Services: Libraries and Computing in the University of Wisconsin Systemp. 83
Chapter 10 Conceptual Foundations for Library/Computing Center Relationsp. 97
Chapter 11 The Service Imperative: A Case Study for Merging Libraries and Computing Centers at Smaller Academic Institutionsp. 107
Chapter 12 Connecticut College: Working outside the Dictates of the Traditional Organizational Chartp. 116
Chapter 13 Toward a Model of Integrated Computer and Library Servicesp. 126
Chapter 14 Wake Forest University: Pioneers and Partnersp. 137
Chapter 15 Beneficial Collaboration: Meeting Information Delivery Needsp. 143
Chapter 16 Service and Instruction: A Strategic Focusp. 153
Chapter 17 The Gettysburg Experiencep. 164
Chapter 18 The Computing Center and the Library at a Teaching University: Application of Management Theories in the Restructuring of Information Technologyp. 178
Chapter 19 A Partnership for Future Information Technology Support at a Community Collegep. 189
Chapter 20 Creating the New Learning Environmentp. 199
Contributorsp. 209
Indexp. 215